Late Night: Tiny Alice

With CT involved with his daughter’s wedding and all, thought I would put up a post.


Tiny Alice was a local Cleveland group from the 1970s. They began as an acoustic jug band but evolved into and electric band. Played many venues in Cleveland most notably concerts in support of the Cleveland Free Clinic.

From The final vinyl.

This band is from Cleveland, Ohio and was founded by George Woideck in the late 60’s as the Tiny Alice Jug Band. The band started as an acoustic jug band and evolved into the music styles of Tiny Alice. Their music is a mix of country, jazz, blues, rock and folk with a dash of comedy. The original lead singer was a small blonde girl by the name of Alice Popovich, she looked like Alice from Wonderland and that is how they got their name. The band found a receptive audience in Cleveland’s folk clubs and over time established a large following.

The band recorded an album for Kama Sutra records and it was released in 1972. This was the only album the band ever released and the cover is made to look and open like a matchbook. The band went on tour with Sha Na Na and The James Gang. They also did some gigs with Cheech and Chong but by the end of the year the label dropped them and by 1973 they disbanded. Towards the end Peggy left and was replaced by Betsy Marshall, George soon departed and was replaced with Alan Echler who got replaced by Tom Luticia.

Tom Moratta became an attorney and plays with David Krauss in the band Indiscretions. Norman Tischler played in several bands through the years and now teaches brass and woodwinds. Randy Benson joined Glass Harp and may haved moved to Canada. Danny Mazza continued playing drums in Ohio bands and now plays for the blues band, Code Blue. Tiny Alice got back together in 2006 to perform at Cleveland’s Hessler Street Fair (the most prominent vestige of Cleveland’s original hippie community).

So what’s on you minds tonight Firedogs ? Know any good local talent ?

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  1. Chris Maukonen
    May 16, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    I think I was at every concert they did in 1970 and 1971.

  2. Chris Maukonen
    May 16, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Doctor Jazz, The Chocolate Dandies Of 1932

  3. Chris Maukonen
    May 16, 2015 at 11:42 pm
  4. karenjj2
    May 17, 2015 at 12:38 am

    hi Chris, sure appreciate the link to disqus supported browsers — really chewed up my “smart” (not really) phone with a chinese browser and spent all day picking up the pieces. the opera mobile on this android works much better than the firefox.

    with the clue re opera mobile, tried that on windows phone, but freezes. did find opera mini and that worked this afternoon.

    thanks for getting a thread up.


  5. Chris Maukonen
    May 17, 2015 at 12:46 am

    No problen Karen. Glad to do it. Glad something finally worked.

  6. Chris Maukonen
    May 17, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Usually do not get many replies to my Late Nigh blogs. But my musical tastes and political and social views are so out of the man stream even for FDL and I do not go in for small talk much either.

  7. TalkingWarrior
    May 17, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Late to the show tonight. Been at Margo’s article. NightriderXP1 showed up, complaining the site was a wreck in his Opera, I joined in that the articles were simply unreadable on Android, then – BAM – just like the last time he complained, the site instantly became much, much better for both of us. You, cmk, might appreciate his speculations as to what is going on.

    BTW, Suzanne and you are running competing LNs – hers is time-stamped less than five minutes before yours.

  8. starrynight
    May 17, 2015 at 1:21 am

    chris, wanted to say hi. made it though the labyrinth. like the pace of tiny alice

  9. Chris Maukonen
    May 17, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Glad you could make it Stary. Didn’t know Suz had one up ,as well. Guess mine a a slightly Later Night post. He.

  10. starrynight
    May 17, 2015 at 2:05 am

    chris my questions have to do with photography and to record the actual sounds.

  11. Chris Maukonen
    May 17, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Ahh..geese and I got to hit the hey too. Thanks Stary

  12. Chris Maukonen
    May 17, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Can I get back with you on this ?

  13. annamissed
    May 17, 2015 at 2:35 am

    I lived in Cleveland, on Hessler St. of course, during this Tiny Alice era. Ha ha lottsa great music there like folk singer John Bassette, bunches of jazz and experimental groups, the famous Mr Stress Blues Band, and also Chrissy Hynde who also lived in the neighborhood before shooting off to fame and fortune. Made living in Cleveland almost bearable.

  14. Brenda Johnson
    May 19, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Thanks for this lovely bit of Cleveland history.